Invisible Punishment: The Collateral Consequences of Mass Imprisonment

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Meda Chesney-Lind, Marc Mauer
The New Press, May 10, 2011 - Law - 368 pages
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In a series of newly commissioned essays from the leading scholars and advocates in criminal justice, Invisible Punishment explores, for the first time, the far-reaching consequences of our current criminal justice policies. Adopted as part of “get tough on crime” attitudes that prevailed in the 1980s and ’90s, a range of strategies, from “three strikes” and “a war on drugs,” to mandatory sentencing and prison privatization, have resulted in the mass incarceration of American citizens, and have had enormous effects not just on wrong-doers, but on their families and the communities they come from. This book looks at the consequences of these policies twenty years later.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Lifetime Consequences of Imprisonment
13
PART II Distorting Justice
59
PART III Fractured Families
115
PART IV Communities in Crisis
163
10 Black Economic Progress in the Era of Mass Imprisonment
165
The PrisonCrime Relationship in LowIncome Communities
181
PART V Incarceration As Socially Corrosive
195
12 Building a Prison Economy in Rural America
197
13 The Impact of Mass Incarceration on Immigration Policy
214
Tuberculosis and Incarceration
239
Censorship and Stereotypes
258
16 The International Impact of US Policies
279
Notes
293
Index
337
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Meda Chesney-Lind is Professor of Women s Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Hawaii, and a B.A. Summa Cum Laude from Whitman College. She has served as Vice President of the American Society of Criminology and president of the Western Society of Criminology. Nationally recognized for her work on women and crime, her books include "Girls, Delinquency and Juvenile Justice", "The Female Offender: Girls, Women and Crime", "Female Gangs in America", "Invisible Punishment", "Girls, Women and Crime", and "Beyond Bad Girls: Gender Violence and Hype". She has just finished an edited collection on trends in girls violence, entitled "Fighting for Girls: Critical Perspectives on Gender and Violence, "published by SUNY Press. Dr. Chesney-Lind is a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology and the Western Society of Criminology. She has been on the Women s Studies faculty at the University of Hawaii since 1986, and also serves on the graduate faculty in the Department of Sociology.

She received the Bruce Smith, Sr. Award "for outstanding contributions to Criminal Justice" from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in April, 2001. She was named a fellow of the American Society of Criminology in 1996 and has also received the Herbert Block Award for service to the society and the profession from the American Society of Criminology. She has also received the Donald Cressey Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency for "outstanding contributions to the field of criminology," the Founders award of the Western Society of Criminology for "significant improvement of the quality of justice," and the University of Hawaii Board of Regent's Medal for "Excellence in Research."

Chesney-Lind is an outspoken advocate for girls and women, particularly those who find their way into the criminal justice system. Her work on the problem of sexism in the treatment of girls in the juvenile justice system was partially responsible for the recent national attention devoted to services to girls in that system. More recently, she has worked hard to call attention to the soaring rate of women's imprisonment and the need to vigorously seek alternatives to women's incarceration.

In Hawaii, Chesney-Lind has served as Principal Investigator of a long standing project on Hawaii's youth gang problem funded by the State of Hawaii Office of Youth Services. She has more recently also received funding to conduct research on the unique problems of girl's at risk of becoming delinquent from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Finally, she has also recently been tapped by the Hawaii Department of Public Safety to serve on an advisory panel on the problems of women in prison in Hawaii.

Marc Mauer is executive director of The Sentencing Project. He has served as a consultant to the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the National Institute of Corrections, and the American Bar Association. He lives in the Washington, D.C., area.

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